Videos, Police Violence, and Scrutiny of the Black Body

Social Research: An International Quarterly 89 (4):997-1023 (2022)
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The ability of videos to serve as evidence of racial injustice is complex and contested. This essay argues that scrutiny of the Black body has come to play a key role in how videos of police violence are mined for evidence, following a long history of racialized surveillance and attributions of threat and superhuman powers to Black bodies. Using videos to combat injustice requires incorporating humanizing narratives and cultivating resistant modes of looking.

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Sherri Irvin
University of Oklahoma


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